Dr. Rachel Elsby is a Partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, where she represents clients in intellectual property disputes—often in high-stakes, competitor-versus-competitor litigations and related appeals. She also works on matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the International Trade Commission (ITC).
Rachel represents clients in all phases of litigation from pre-suit investigations to trial and appeal. She helps formulate case strategy, prepares briefs, handles oral arguments, manages trial issues for appeal, and examines witnesses at trial. She has also been involved with dozens of appeals in both counsel and consulting roles, and has argued multiple cases in front of the Federal Circuit.
Rachel previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Pauline Newman at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the appellate court hearing all patent appeals coming out of district courts, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), and ITC. Before attending law school, Rachel received a Ph.D. in immunology. Her research focused on understanding the mechanisms of the immune response to malignant disease and virus infection and developing oncolytic viruses to treat cancer.
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